Malcolm Raeburn Read

School of Arts and Media

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Contact Details

New Adelphi Room 5.12

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Current positions

Senior Lecturer in Media Performance


I joined the University in 1999. For more than twenty-five years prior to that I was a freelance tutor, writer, director, singer and actor.

I began my career as an actor/teacher with Humberside Theatre-In-Education, then becoming a performer/deviser in political and community theatre with Broadside Mobile Workers' TheatreRed Ladder Theatre and Pirate Jenny.

My writing for theatre includes commissions for Dr Fosters Theatre, M6 Theatre CompanyInterplay Community Theatre. I have written libretti for music by Professor Christopher Fox, as well as lyrics for the award-winning Lip Service Theatre Company and my band, Agony Column, with whom I released three singles in the 1980s.

Performance work includes repertory theatre, theatre-in-education, community theatre, street theatre and improvised comedy. I have played many television roles since Brideshead Revisited and The Jewel In The Crown in the 1980s up to the present day, and have been heard in many featured roles in BBC Radio Drama.

I was a founder member of the comedy improvisation troupe Comedy Express. My interest in comedy led to taking a lead role in creating the Comedy Writing and Performance degree.

I am Admissions Lead for Media and Performance, having previously been Programme Leader. As a former Director of Admissions for the School and Admissions Coordinator for Performance I continue to take an active interest in marketing and recruitment.

As Chair of the Actors Centre North till 2012 and as a panel member of the Television Workshop Salford I have been involved in initiatives to develop actor training in the region.

I also coordinate the graduating students' Performers' Showcase, which has increasingly raised the University's profile in the arts and entertainment industries as a source of outstanding talent. I am committed to bringing students in contact with the industry which they aspire to join, not only through Showcase, but also finding opportunities for students to appear in radio, video and TV recordings and bringing in industry professionals to give talks and hold master classes.


Having spent much of my career performing in television and radio, my teaching mostly centres on acting for the camera and microphone. I have also taught and am passionate about pop music and popular culture, theatre acting, comedy and theatre, scriptwriting, voice, improvisation, and have directed numerous productions here, at other institutions and professionally as well as a short film, She Shoots, She Scores!

Module Leader and tutor for TV Acting; Radio Acting; Acting for Recorded Media. Module Leader for Presenting, Singing, Voice & Text.

Research Interests

I am interested in the psychology of performer confidence; improvised comedy, radio performance and production, scriptwriting for radio, for screen and for the stage, comic songwriting and lyric writing for theatre and popular song.

Qualifications and Memberships


  • MA with Distinction in TV and Radio Scriptwriting, University of Salford. 2003
  • PgCert, Learning and Teaching in HE, University of Salford. 2007
  • BA Hons English and Philosophy University of Leeds 1974
  • Member of Equity, the actors’ union, since 1973


  • Full Member of Research Centre: Performance
  • Chair, Actors Centre North, 2010-2012
  • Member, Salford TV Workshop Partners Group 2012-ongoing
External Examiner
  • Christ Church Canterbury University: BA Hons Perfoming Arts: 2010 - 2013
  • University of Huddersfield: BA Hons Drama 2007 - 2010
  • University College Suffolk: BA Hons Perfoming Arts 2005 -2008
  • Arden School of Theatre: MA Scriptwriting 2005 - 2007